Transfigured Migrations: Mixed Media
I am an assemblage and installation artist using post-consumer waste. My work process begins with the collection of waste from construction and consumer waste streams, as well as ocean plastic debris. This matter serves as the medium for the production of art, in addition to acting as the muse. The ten pieces in this portfolio all incorporate found objects.
My work addresses the blight of post-consumer plastic waste on the environment. Each image is composed of synthetic materials combined with imagery from nature. The ledger series 1, 4, 5, and 6 seals collage material in a thick coat of polymer medium. The plexiglass series 2, 3, and 10 are constructed on plexiglass and suggest a human torso and a scene from nature. Images 7 and 8 use recovered ocean plastic which is compressed into spheres and suspended on scraps of landscapes. Finally, image 9 reformats a child’s water slide into a giant propeller and modifies construction netting into melted plastic blooms, a bow to rising sea levels, climate change, and the adaption of vegetation to shifting hardiness zones.
I am interested in portraying a changing global landscape as a way to draw attention to our need to reflect on our actions.